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starry night
01-20-2013, 10:18 PM
I need some new wire strippers. I searched the archives and there was a thread back in 2008. I just wondered if any new strippers have come along.
What's the preference for manual or automatic?

S&MLL
01-20-2013, 11:01 PM
Since 8gauge and pretty much 10 gauge stranded is almost obsolete any stripper will do the trick. I dont use my ideal strip masters as much anymore during service since they are so bulky. But on an instill they are still in my hands. My guys also use them religiously. Ive noticed in last 2 years I only get a season out of them before the nuts fall off the blade side. But for 30 dollars a pair I will keep buying them forever.


http://www.idealindustries.com/media/img/product/medium/45-097.jpg


Best damn strippers for landscape lighting in the world.

Someone once recommended me (might of been James :canadaflag: ) the irvin auto strippers

http://media.toolking.com/catalog/product/cache/1/image/275x/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/v/i/vise_grip_2078300.jpg



I never liked them and have 3 pairs sitting in the office. We use mostly Paige Electric wire btw

Lite4
01-20-2013, 11:05 PM
Strip masters. Hands down the fastest and easiest to use for stranded wire.

INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting
01-21-2013, 07:49 PM
Tried almost all of them (seriously I have) and these are hands down the BEST for the 10/2 to 18/2 stranded wire that we use so much of in our industry.

http://www.irwin.com/tools/pliers-adjustable-wrenches/self-adjusting-wire-stripper

Why are they the best? Well they will never cut a strand! Even if you try to make them cut a strand they will not. Totally automatic you don't have to fit the wire into specific size cutter. Never a cut strand again.

To those who have tried them and don't like them... well I once watched an electrician try mine out. He put both conductors in the tool and tried to strip them both at the same time. It didnt work too well. He "humph'd" and asked what the big deal was. I then showed him with just one conductor at a time in the strippers.... a perfect job with very little effort. 'Ahhh' He said. :hammerhead:

If you can find identical, generic ones buy them and save some $. I get a generic type at a local hardware store. Each of my guys gets a new one each year and they tend to last about that long.

irrig8r
01-22-2013, 11:59 AM
Tried almost all of them (seriously I have) and these are hands down the BEST for the 10/2 to 18/2 stranded wire that we use so much of in our industry.

http://www.irwin.com/tools/pliers-adjustable-wrenches/self-adjusting-wire-stripper

Why are they the best? Well they will never cut a strand! Even if you try to make them cut a strand they will not. Totally automatic you don't have to fit the wire into specific size cutter. Never a cut strand again.

To those who have tried them and don't like them... well I once watched an electrician try mine out. He put both conductors in the tool and tried to strip them both at the same time. It didnt work too well. He "humph'd" and asked what the big deal was. I then showed him with just one conductor at a time in the strippers.... a perfect job with very little effort. 'Ahhh' He said. :hammerhead:

If you can find identical, generic ones buy them and save some $. I get a generic type at a local hardware store. Each of my guys gets a new one each year and they tend to last about that long.

The Irwins have a lifetime guarantee and cost about $20. The retailer I bought mine from went out of business, so I couldn't take them back and get an exchange as their website suggested, but a customer service rep told me to send a pic of the broken ones. I did and she notified me they'd be sending a new pair. Received them in 3 weeks.

I bought another pair in the meantime, but I now have a second pair for backup. So keep the tab they come attached to and your receipt just in case. Got my new pair at Sears BTW.

INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting
01-22-2013, 02:29 PM
Good info Gregg. Irwin tools are not all that easy to find here in the Great White North. I buy the generic ones for about $12 each and just toss them when they break. I will have to look at sears.ca and see if they sell them with the lifetime guarantee.

S&MLL
01-22-2013, 03:08 PM
You all have to much time on your hands to worry about the
Warranty on a 20 dollar tool
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INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting
01-22-2013, 04:03 PM
Hardly worried about it, but hey, if there is a warranty and they are going to send me a free pair every year for the rest of time.... why not spend a few minutes to save potentially $hundreds?

S&MLL
01-22-2013, 07:39 PM
If they break every year either your guys are way to rough on them, or they are a peice of junk(which i mentioned in post #2)
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INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting
01-22-2013, 07:53 PM
LOL perhaps we strip just way way way more wire than you do? :weightlifter:

S&MLL
01-22-2013, 07:59 PM
Ahhh even the Canadians can be witty from time to time.
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S&MLL
01-22-2013, 08:01 PM
When higgo comes to town to replace my faulty retros ill be sure to send him home with a stripmaster for you.
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Zohan
01-23-2013, 09:17 PM
This is what i use
http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3929418

Also, looks like they have the nes posted above
http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3932546#